As Mack Brown continues to round up coaches to join him in Chapel Hill, one thing has become very clear — he wants to be a force in the recruiting landscape.
On Friday, the North Carolina football head coach announced three official hires to his coaching staff: Tim Brewster will serve as assistant head coach and tight ends coach, Dré Bly will serve as a cornerbacks coach and Tim Cross will coach the defensive line. In addition to the three coaches, Tommy Thigpen was promoted to co-defensive coordinator and will continue to coach safeties after having joined the team last January.
In a statement included in the release on GoHeels, Brown made his motives clear for his hirings, specifically stating their ability to recruit.
“I’m thrilled to announce four outstanding coaches who will be part of our staff at Carolina,” Brown said to GoHeels. “Each of them are, first and foremost, excellent people and know how to coach, recruit and develop players to be the best they can be in the classroom, in the community, on the field and in life. Dré and Tommy are among the very best I’ve had the opportunity to coach and it has brought me great joy to watch them grow to be the successful people they are today.”
During the introductory press conference, Brown noted his desire to keep the best football players in the state of North Carolina home, and his corresponding moves show the 67-year-old is doubling down on his proclamation.